In Afghanistan, Landmines Are Making Peace Deadly

On the morning of April 1, seven children were playing in the lush wheat fields of Afghanistan’s Marjah district, in the southern Helmand province, by tossing around a metal object. Moments later, it exploded. The blast claimed five of their Read More …

UN official says explosive mines put around 1.2 million Nigerians at risk

A UN official based in Nigeria said about 1.2 million people are at risk of explosive mines in three northeastern states of the country. Speaking at a gathering for the 2022 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Read More …

France Renews its Commitment to Protecting Civilians impacted by Explosive Ordnance in Iraq

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes an additional contribution of EUR 480,000 (approximately USD 550,000) from the Crisis and Support Center of the French ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs that will support life-saving mine action activities in Read More …

UN demining body explodes landmines in South Sudan

After decades of civil war, landmines and unexploded bombs still contaminate large tracts of South Sudan’s landscape, threatening the lives and livelihoods of its residents. In the village of Gondokoro, a few kilometres from the capital Juba, the United Nations Read More …

South Sudan: Floods hampering UNMAS demining work in Jonglei State’s Pigi County

It may look idyllic, but the presence of a minefield is a threat to these villagers in Pigi County. Floods have so far made clearance of the area impossible. Residents in Pigi County, on the Jonglei State side of the Read More …

First graduation ceremony for 28 female deminers in Sudan

After a month-long training, the first batch of 28 young women graduated in basic humanitarian demining, joining only one other female deminer in Sudan. The successful completion of the training is an unprecedented achievement for both mine action and Sudan Read More …

Mechanical Equipment in IED Clearance: Observations from Iraq

Mechanical equipment has been in the inventory of conventional military forces for the purposes of military engineering—including demining—since the Second World War. The integration of mechanical equipment into UNMAS Iraq clearance activities may have therefore seemed a natural evolution from Read More …

Iraq: Clearance Operations on a massive IED belt in Tal Kaif, North of Mosul

After eight months of operations conducted by UNMAS implementing partner, Global Clearance Solutions (GCS), in Tal Kaif, north of Mosul, over 250,000 square meters of contaminated land were cleared, and more than 1,200 items of explosive ordnance rendered safe and Read More …

Armenian demining experts demine 2,000,000 square meters of territory in Damascus along with UNMAS

Within the scope of the agreement that Armenia and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) signed on October 25, 2021, on November 21, a demining group of the Humanitarian Demining and Expertise Center SNCO left for Damascus under the Read More …